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- DescriptionJimmy Scoggins is nine, and like most nine year olds, he is lively, inquisitive and sometimes a bit of a handful. Since his father had died Jimmy lacks that regular male influence a growing boy needs. His Uncle Reuben is a welcome help to Jimmy's at times exasperated mother. But uncle Reuben is much more than he appears and Jimmy has idea the trouble, adventure and danger he is about to face when he volunteers to deliver the important Parcel to the local Post Office for his favourite uncle. Tommy, Jimmy's thirteen year old brother, kws. He kws just what the Parcel is, and as he races after his brother, he wonders if Jimmy will be able to handle the excitement and adventure. And if he can't, will Tommy find Jimmy in time to help?...'Almost imperceptibly, the confines of the room gave way to a hilltop covered in grassy heath tussocks, the chair became a fallen tree stump, and the chill had grown steadily to become a knee-deep, icy mist. It was as if Reuben had become part of the tapestry. Was it by his design? Or had he been summoned? The clouds above him gathered omiusly, t for the weather they might bring, but for ather different onslaught they might unleash - - Autumnal leaves stopped mid-fall. Everything became still, except for Reuben's breeze-disturbed hair. The gloom closed in until only his slightly glowing face could be seen.'
- Author BiographyBorn in 1946 in the West Riding of Yorkshire's coal fields around Wakefield, he attended grammar school, where he enjoyed sport rather more than academic work. After three years at teacher training college in Leeds, he became a teacher in 1967. He spent a lot of time during his teaching career entertaining children of all ages, a large part of which was through telling stories, and encouraging them to escape into a world of imagination and wonder. Some of his most disturbed youngsters he found to be very talented poets, for example. He has always had a wicked sense of humour, which has blossomed only during the time he has spent with his present wife. This sense of humour also allowed many youngsters to survive often difficult and brutalising home environments. Recently, he retired after forty years working in schools with young people who had significantly disrupted lives because of behaviour disorders and poor social adjustment, generally brought about through circumstances beyond their control. At the same time as moving from leafy lane suburban middle class school teaching to residential schooling for emotional and behavioural disturbance in the early 1990s, divorce provided the spur to achieve ambitions. Supported by his present wife, Denise, he achieved a Master's degree in his mid-forties and a PhD at the age of fifty-six, because he had always wanted to do so. Now enjoying glorious retirement, he spends as much time as life will allow writing, reading and travelling.
- Author(s)Frank English
- Publisher2QT Limited (Publishing)
- Date of Publication10/06/2010
- SubjectYoung Adult Fiction
- Place of PublicationCarnforth
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Imprint2QT Limited (Publishing)
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight207 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Illustrator(s)Chaz Wood
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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